Algae-based fertilizers, Hispanagar's ecological solution

Tue, 30/03/2021 - 08:03

Using algae as fertilizer for plants dates back to the 1st century, when the agronomists Columella and Palladius were already writing about its benefits for improving crops. 
Thanks to their high content of fiber, macro and micronutrients, amino acids, vitamins and phytohormones, algae act as a soil conditioner and contributes to moisture retention. In addition, due to their mineral content, they are a useful fertilizer and a source of trace elements. 
In its continuous search for innovative solutions related to marine algae, in 2015, Hispanagar started a research project to explore and promote all the benefits that algae could bring to agriculture, adding, of course, the development of new technologies capable of enhancing its effects. 
The possibilities were immense and as a result, in 2016 Ficosterra (ficos: alga in Greek; terra: earth in Latin), a spin-off of Hispanagar, was created. 
The aim of this new company was to offer, from the beginning, new ecological solutions to conventional agriculture, transferring the active principles of the sea and its benefits to soils depleted by exploitation. 
Since then, the production and marketing of a complete range of fertilizers, biostimulants and biofertilizers, with technologies based on algae and microorganisms, are enabling a more sustainable development of crops and plants, soil regeneration, crop stimulation and enhanced productivity, and increased resistance of plants to environmental stress. Always in compliance with European regulation requirements. 
All products have the necessary registrations to be marketed in Europe and are also registered as suitable for use in organic farming. 
Since its creation, Ficosterra has received several awards worldwide in recognition of its innovation, quality and respect for the environment. Some of its national awards are the ADE to innovation, Caixa Entrepreneur XXI or FAE Innovation, received between 2018 and 2020 and the international awards Blue Bio Value, Quality Innovation Award and the recently awarded Ocean Innovation Innovator awarded by the United Nations, which recognizes Ficosterra as a collaborating company to help them achieve SDG 14 (prevent sea and ocean pollution).